Send a Cow

Zambia Christmas Appeal

Support 320 women and their families in Eastern Zambia to tackle the impacts of climate change. Skills in sustainable organic agriculture will boost food production and better management of natural resources, water provision and income activities will ensure the whole community thrives.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (299717)

Campaign target

£60,000

Amount raised

£63,412

Donations

234

Championed by The Reed Foundation - International

  • Our land is degraded. The soils are no longer fertile . I did not harvest much because I did not make much manure. It is very difficult to grow enough food because we experienced little rain during the previous season.

    — Veronica Zulu

Situation

Families are hungry and unable to make a viable living. Most people suffer severe food shortages for at least 2.4 months of the year and 93% live below the poverty line. Women and girls face discrimination with a lack of access to resources yet carry the heaviest burden for work in the home. Climate change is bringing additional challenges. Erratic weather patterrns cause long dry periods or severe flooding, making agriculture harder with a lack of water for crop and livestock production.

Solution

Over the next two years we will provide training in adapting agricultural practices to deal with the impacts of climate change. Agroforestry and the use of energy saving stoves will increase tree cover helping to protect land. Provision of water for irrigation and drinking will benefit the whole community. Women and girls will be supported to have a voice and be more equal. Finally support in income generating activities will help families overcome poverty and ensure no-one is left behind.